Entries tagged with: Muse
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Muse @ Prudential Center 1/29/2016
Akin to former travel partners U2's Innocence + Experience tour in 2015, Muse's ambitious, bombastic sound was met with equally extravagant effects, which played closely to the "Drones" image. Large, inflatable orbs (complete with searchlights) drifted eerily across the arena at the shows' outset, and men dressed as dystopian "human drones" took sentry around stage. But the show's primary trick was a series of translucent curtains hung from ceiling to stage, on which black-and-white videos of geometric shapes, constellations and battle scenes were looped. The aforementioned "puppet show," which was tied to Bellamy's every movement, was the technology's most captivating moment. - [NJ.com]Muse are not a "less is more" kind of band. Bombast and theatricality are their bread and butter and they brought that and more to two NYC-area shows this week -- Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 1/27 and NJ's Prudential Center on 1/29. This is the Drones tour, and they took that literally with a dozen or so glowing orbs flying around the Prudential Center on Friday night. (There was a spaceship too.) Plus: a state-of-the-art projection system, solos, crescendo upon crescendo, culminating the only way it possibly could: with their most over-the-top single, "Knights of Cydonia."
Setlist and more pictures from Muse's Prudential Center show (including a few of openers X Ambassadors), below...
It's the season for year-end lists, and they just keep rolling in. Now longrunning (and now free) UK weekly NME has joined the party, going with Grimes' Art Angels at #1 on their top 50 albums of 2015 list (she also topped Gorilla vs. Bear' and SPIN's lists). Kendrick Lamar comes in at #2, and those two records are really topping a lot of lists this year. Elsewhere on the list, you can find indie stalwarts like Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, and Sleater-Kinney, pop nods like Future, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, and an emphasis on British acts like Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay, Sleaford Mods, Bill Ryder-Jones, Laura Marling, The Cribs, and of course Blur. For good measure, Ryan Adams comes in at #50 with his Taylor Swift covers album.
Check out the full list below...
Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).
Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
photo: Muse at MSG in 2013 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Muse already announced some North American dates behind Drones, including a show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on January 27 (tickets). Now Muse have expanded that tour to include a second NYC-area date, this one at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center on January 29 wth tour-mates X Ambassadors. Tickets for the Prudential Center show go on sale to the general public Friday (11/20) at 10 AM with a fan club presale starting Wednesday (11/18) at 10 AM, and then AmEx, internet and VIP package presales beginning Thursday (11/19) at 10 AM.
The band have also added a bunch of European dates and a show in Washington DC at the end of the tour. All dates are listed below.
After playing small shows in NYC and LA back in the spring, Muse will be bringing their Drones tour to more of North America this winter. It hits NYC on January 27 at Barclays Center with X Ambassadors opening. Tickets for the Barclays show go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a fan club presale beginning Wednesday (10/21) at 10 AM.
All North American tour dates listed below...
Bombastic UK trio Muse will release their new album, Drones, on June 9. The album, their seventh, was recorded with veteran producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Def Leppard, AC/DC) and you can check out the lyric video for singles "Psycho" and "Deep Inside," below.
The band will be in NYC and Los Angeles next month playing smaller-than-usual shows, including Webster Hall on May 8. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (4/22) at 9 AM. While in NYC, Muse will also be playing the I Heart Radio Theatre on May 9 but that is a non-ticketed show with passes being given away by iHeartRadio and through Muse's fan club.
The LA show happens at The Mayan on May 15 and tickets to that show go on sale Wednesday at 10 AM Pacfic time. Those are the only Muse shows scheduled for the US currently. Videos below...
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Muse @ MSG 4/16/2013
I've seen Muse in concert many times before and they never disappoint. On their second of 2 sold out nights at New York's Madison Square Garden, despite feeling very under the weather, Muse did their jobs as rockstars and for two hours catapulted me into another time and space! Here are 10 reasons Muse are one of the best band ever.Though they're only a trio, Muse do not do "small." Their two shows at Madison Square Garden (4/15-16), as part of their North American tour, featured pyrotechnics, a giant pyramid of televisions and, of course, the just slightly over-the-top songs the band are known for. Their setlist and pictures from night 2 are in this post. They play the IZOD Center in New Jersey on Friday (4/19).
1. Non-stop stage action for two solid hours. This came in the form of great visuals, flashing lights and lead singer Matt Bellamy running all over the stage.
2. Great songs that rock. I mean, holy shit! Their songs rock. To see a stadium of people singing in unison to a Muse song instead of your typical stadium fare is awesome! People play it safe too often. Way too often. - [According2G]
Opening the shows were fellow UK rock act Biffy Clyro, who also played Coachella. Unfortunately for fans, the band have had to cancel the remainder of their North American dates (including weekend 2 of Coachella) as Simon Neil has been suffering from serious respiratory problems. Rest up, Simon. Pictures of Biffy Clyro's set and more of Muse below...
As mentioned, Muse is going on a tour this year which initially was set to bring them to the NYC area for five shows in April. Unfortunately for those planning to catch the band at their Nassau Coliseum show (2/21), that show has been cancelled due to a "scheduling conflict." "All tickets purchased through Ticketmaster phone and internet will be automatically refunded. All other tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."
Tickets for the Mohegan Sun show (4/13) and the Izod Center show (4/19) are still available. Both MSG shows (4/15-16) are sold out.
Updated dates are listed below...
Bombast masters Muse have added a few dates to their 2013 tour in support of last year's The 2nd Law and those incude a couple in the general NYC area: Mohegan Sun Arena on Connecticut on April 13 and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island on April 21. Tickets to both those shows go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM.
Those new dates fall on either side of Muse's two shows at Madison Square Garden (4/15, 4/16) and one at IZOD Center (4/19) and tickets are still available to those shows. All Muse dates are listed below.
Also below, video of an impressive 7-year-old drummer playing along to Muse's campy single "Knight of Cydonia."
Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Big day for award nominations. The Oscars announced theirs this morning and the Brit Awards just wrapped up their ceremony for 2013 nominations, with Emeli Sandé grabbing four and Mumford & Sons and Alt-J each getting three. All three of those artists were nominated for British Album of the Year, a list that also included Paloma Faith and Plan B. If you don't know, The Brits are basically the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, though nominees are all British apart from a few "International" awards.
Jessie Ware, Muse, and Adele each got two nominations, and single-digit noms went to Bat for Lashes, The xx, Richard Hawley and The Vaccines.
The entire 2013 Brit Awards nominees list is below.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Muse's 4/19 show at the IZOD Center but they are going fast. Updated dates are listed below...
Muse w/ The Dap-Kings horns & Michael Leonhart backstage (via)
Muse came to NYC this weekend to play Saturday Night Live, and during their set they were joined by The Dap-Kings' horn section and multi-instrumentalist Michael Leonhart. They performed "Madness" and "Panic Station" off Muse's new album, The 2nd Law (available at iTunes). You can watch videos of those performances below.
As mentioned, Muse will return to the NYC area when their 2013 tour hits MSG (4/15) and Izod Center (4/19). That tour also just grew bigger. All dates, and on sale times, are listed under the videos below...
Passion Pit @ The Backyard in Austin - 9/15 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned earlier today, Muse are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, but we also just realized Passion Pit is playing the week after that! Congrats guys! Christina Applegate will host that one which is one week before Bruno Mars hosts and sings. The full list of known hosts and musical guests for this season so far (Mumford & Sons played two weeks ago), and other upcoming Passion Pit dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
More is more rockers (and Glenn Beck's favorite band) Muse released their sixth album, The 2nd Law, this week which brings us more over-the-top arrangements, histronic singing, pomp, circumstance and cheeky humor that we've come to expect from Matt Bellamy and company, with a soupçon of dubstep to remind you what year it is. You can stream it at Spotify if so desired.
Muse are in NYC this weekend to play SNL (Daniel Craig hosts) and will be back bringing their live spectacle to North American arenas in 2013, and the initial dates announced include two NYC-area shows: Madison Square Garden on April 15 and the IZOD Center on April 19. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday, October 12. MSG at 9 AM and IZOD is still TBA. No ticket links yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
If you missed the whole Glen Beck thing, in an interview with the Guardian, singer Matt Bellamy criticized conservative politicians in America for requesting to play their hit song "Uprising." Glenn Beck, a Muse superfan, posted an open letter to Muse in response, which is below in full.
Also below is the list of all Muse tour dates, the video for "Madness" (their "dubstep" song) as well as the video for their 2006 single "Knights of Cydonia" just because it's kind of amazing.
We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.
More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.
Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?
Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.
Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.
Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.
Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.
Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.
LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.
by Bill Pearis
George Michael at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony
While Kate Bush didn't perform in the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies segment that "Running Up That Hill" was used in (that was cut from the U.S. telecast), NBC did cut a few actual live performances from it, including The Who closing out the whole thing with "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You" and "My Generation." (Yet they left in Kaiser Chiefs doing "Pinball Wizard"!). The Who was not deemed as important as letting the world see the first episode of some new sitcom. NBC also cut Ray Davies doing Kinks classic "Waterloo Sunset" and Muse who wrote "Survival," the official song for the London Olympics.
What we did get: a Spice Girls reuinon where Posh, Sporty and the rest of them mostly rode around the track in separate Bentleys; Beady Eye doing "Wonderwall" (Noel must've loved that); Annie Lennox doing "Little Bird"; Eric Idle singing Life of Brian's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"; Russell Brand singing "Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and "I Am the Walrus"; current popstars One Direction and Jessie J, the latter of whom also sang "We Will Rock You" with Queen; Fatboy Slim in a giant inflatable octopus; Pet Shop Boys doing "West End Girls," Madness hoarsely performing "Our House"; and Ed Sheeran with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Genesis' Mike Rutherford for "Wish You Were Here."
The highlight, at least with the crowd I watched it with, was George Michael in his first live performance after a life-threatening bout with pneumonia last year. He still had the moves on "Freedom 90," though it seemed a missed opportunity by the ceremonies producers not to have the iconic video's co-stars Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell come out for it, as they were paraded around in a segment set to Bowie's "Fashion" early in the program. NBC cut (maybe not so unkind) the performance of Michael's new single "White Light" which you can watch the video for below that does feature Moss.
After the Closing Ceremonies, Blur performed in Hyde Park with New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club and we'll have pictures from that show soon.
photos by Debi Del Grande
...When Rage Against the Machine lead singer-provocateur Zack de la Rocha stood before 60,000 people, raised his fist, barked out wicked smart, superbly flowed calls to action, pointed out the disparity between rich and poor, spit venom at the billionaires and wondered on their power, the sense of no future that has ignited unrest throughout the world in 2011 felt shockingly, palpably present.The L.A. Rising Festival, which took place on July 30th in Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum, was organized by the Rage Against The Machine crew. The nine-hour festival featured the band's first appearance in Los Angeles in ten years, as well as sets from Muse, Rise Against, Immortal Technique, El Gran Silencio, and Lauryn Hill, who welcomed her sixth child just last week(!). More pictures from the LA event are below.
...Throughout the hour-and-15-minute set, Rage pulled its weight, proved itself to be one of the only rock bands on Earth able to captivate such a large space. Its conquest was so assured, in fact, that it jumped back in time to render an earlier set moot....
Though singer-guitarist-pianist Matthew Bellamy knows his way around a riff -- he quoted Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Animals and others during breaks between songs -- [Muse] makes form-over-function rock, these architecturally grandiose musical structures that are as perfectly crafted as they are grooveless. Muse's fan base no doubt disagrees; The thousands sang along to every lyrical cliché and gymnastic bridge, followed the band down every meandering path; when huge balloons were floated out into the crowd as the band meandered on, they bounced throughout the Coliseum until they exploded and dropped confetti.
-[Pop & Hiss]
The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.
This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.